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ERIC Number: ED544427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Human Capital Practices in Indianapolis Public Schools. Executive Summary
New Teacher Project
In the winter and spring of 2008-2009, The New Teacher Project (TNTP) partnered with the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA), at the request of The Mind Trust to analyze district human capital policies and practices and make recommendations to increase the concentration of high-quality teachers in IPS schools. TNTP's analysis reveals that IPS' current human capital policies fail to ensure that a teacher's impact on student learning is the primary factor in school staffing decisions. There are four primary findings: (1) IPS layoff policies are based exclusively on seniority, despite strong teacher preferences for other factors to be considered; (2) Forced-placement and late hiring practices hamper the creation of effective instructional teams and destabilize schools; (3) Inflated evaluations ignore teachers' professional development needs; and (4) Poor customer service frustrates teachers and principals in the staffing process. Recommendations are provided to address these challenges and ensure that every IPS classroom is lead by a highly-effective teacher.
New Teacher Project. 186 Joralemon Street Suite 300, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Tel: 718-233-2800; Fax: 718-643-9202; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Teacher Project
Identifiers - Location: Indiana